Principles of Personal Injury Scheme Design - PDM1138

Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) and the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) have partnered to create a unique offering that leads into a postgraduate pathway for people working in the workers’ compensation and motor accident compensation industries in Australia, New Zealand and globally. This pathway will provide scheme participants with the opportunity to enrich and enhance the depth of personal injury management knowledge and skills.

In this nine-week course you will gain an understanding of the policy rationale and parameters governing personal injury scheme design.

The centrepiece of this course is the three-day “Residential intensive” teaching period. After five weeks of online-based learning, you will have an unmatched opportunity to foster new professional networks with students, course presenters and other insurance industry experts in an environment that fosters critical thought and robust discussion. You’ll have an opportunity to present your teams’ solution to a scheme design challenge to a panel of industry experts.

Accelerate your qualification

Eligible participants who complete the micro-credential can receive 6 credit points of unspecified credit* towards the future Graduate Certificate of Personal Injury Management.

*Maximum credit limits and minimum course entry requirements apply, see the terms and conditions page for more details

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$2,000: Short course
$2,500: Micro-credential
$1,875: Micro-credential (PIEF partner discount)

Who should attend

This course would be ideal for anyone interested in learning more about designing schemes that support personal injury and disability management scheme design across Australia, New Zealand and beyond, with a view to improving their ability to operate in and influence the success of compensation
scheme design.

Learning objectives

  • Critique the role of personal injury statutory insurance schemes within Australia’s social protection ecosystem.
  • Evaluate scheme performance across key parameters impacting performance and synthesise intrinsic risks for schemes not attaining their desired objectives
  • Design scheme responses to address performance objective measures, ensuring appropriate balance between competing stakeholder interests
  • Identify emerging technological and societal developments and recommend changes in scheme design and administration using an evidence-based policy evaluation framework

Course schedule

1 Philosophical underpinnings of scheme design
2 Fundamentals of scheme design
3 Workers’ compensation insurance in Australia
4 CTP insurance in Australia
5 Residential intensive block (compulsory scheduled sessions)
6 Compensation, care and support for those catastrophically injured
7 Other personal injury insurance arrangements
8 Challenges and emerging issues in personal injury compensation
9 Final assessments due

Dr Ross Iles

Deputy Director, Insurance Work and Health Group

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Dr Ross Iles is a physiotherapist and Senior Research Fellow in the Insurance Work and Health Group in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. Further to a PhD in the role of recovery expectations in low back pain, he has completed a postgraduate diploma in Work Disability Prevention at the University of Sherbrooke in Canada. His research interests include the early identification of people at risk of poor outcomes and intervention to prevent unnecessary work disability. He was part of the team that developed the Early Intervention Physiotherapy Framework, an online training program to upskill physiotherapists in the management of clients engaged in compensation systems. He is currently engaged with multiple industry partners to deliver projects that will improve outcomes for people ill or injured and unable to work. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the areas of occupational health, back pain and physiotherapy. On top of his research commitments, Dr Iles has been involved in undergraduate physiotherapy teaching for over 10 years and holds an accreditation role with the Australian Physiotherapy Council.

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